It’s awesome making a living doing what you love.
I love being on stage, being an entertainer, meeting new people, writing songs, writing harmonies and backing arrangements, and playing as a sideman — and I’m good at that stuff.
I’m less good at actually planning and executing marketing/business strategies required to launch new records out there into the world (which you probably know if you’re already a fan of my music).
If you love the music and stuff I make (I also record audiobooks, design jewelry and cards, and have other creative pursuits), and you’re into the idea of there being more of it for you to enjoy, Patreon is a great way to keep that production chain going.
Why Patreon? Can’t I just buy your next album?
We all know every job has its special bonuses and massive drags. Like years ago, when I worked at a parking garage: I could read all day in that little booth. That was a major bonus. But at the end of the day, it was a parking garage booth. While I love touring — and especially collaborating as a sideman on tour with other artists — being on the road all the time means I haven’t had enough margin in my life to release albums, much less explore the other creative passions I miss.
So, yes. What I AM good at is writing and recording music regularly, but like I said, I’m not so great at actually releasing whole records regularly.
So…I still get to hear your new music?
YES! In fact, there are a lot of finished music recordings I’d love for you to hear. In the big scheme of things, it’s less important that this music go out and win awards or get a lot of press or make me folk-famous. It’s more important that the people who’ve loved this music for a long time (or who have just discovered it) are able to get ahold of it.
With Patreon, all that interruptive stuff is gone. Instead of your money going to CD manufacturers and bubble wrap packaging companies, you have the ability to directly support ongoing creative work.
Okay, I’m interested.
GREAT! Just click on this giant button to visit my Patreon page, where you will learn all about how to partner with me and to be a full-fledged member of the BettySoo song club!